Rights offering detail :
Leftovers: 100 unexpected treasures one dutiful daughter saved from the dumpster
Sept. 14, 2017
Author:
Astrid Ronning King
Category:
Non-fiction: Lifestyle
Description:
Mama was a major television star. Daddy was a war hero who was once voted the handsomest husband in New York. Neither one threw a thing away. Nor did their ancestors. Or their ancestors' ancestors. Everything anyone deemed worthy of saving has been stuffed into the home where Peg Lynch and Odd Knut Ronning spent the last 40 years of their 62-year marriage. Suddenly, both die and it's all hers – 4200 sq. ft. of other people's stuff. What's a dutiful daughter to do? She grabs a shovel, starts digging and discovers she hasn't inherited stuff after all. She's inherited buried treasure. Astrid Ronning King takes the reader along on her life-changing journey as she unearths 100 unexpected treasures very different in nature that are in turn fascinating, rare, hilarious, historical, romantic, shocking and, most of all, unforgettable.
Rights available:
International rights are available. Television rights also available for nearly 100 episodes of “Ethel and Albert” (see 'Other Information').
Rights sold:
N/A
Other Information:
Astrid Ronning King is the daughter of Peg Lynch, who was the first woman to create, write, star in and own her own sitcom. She created "Ethel and Albert” in 1936 and in 1944, took her already-popular show to New York, where she hoped to find a major network who would broadcast it nationally. NBC said they would take it to the top but insisted on buying it from her and Peg Lynch rewrote the rules for women working in the entertainment industry forever when she said no then took her show to the top on her own, first in radio, then in television. The show became a major hit (airing right before “I Love Lucy” on the same network), Peg Lynch became a huge star and millions loved the show until it went off the air in 1956 after 1300 radio and 168 TV episodes (to put that achievement into context, “I Love Lucy" broadcast 180 shows) because Peg didn't want to raise Astrid in Hollywood, where the network was moving production. The only reason future generations didn't grow up watching reruns is because Peg didn't syndicate the episodes. But guess Astrid found while clearing her parents' house? Leftover #44 - Nearly 100 kinescopes with the same number of "Ethel and Albert” episodes on them which haven't been seen since they appeared on network television in the mid-fifties. A find like this is miraculous. Kinescopes were typically thrown away or disintegrated over time but somehow, all of these survived in a closet in Becket, Massachusetts. These hilarious episodes - each one a study in comedic genius – simply need to be modernized and they'll be ready to share. The major publicity which will accompany this find will also promote the book. In addition, Peg Lynch left behind a massive collection of items from her radio and television career as well as thousands of letters and stories about her experiences she wrote down or recorded – many of them involving the most famous people in the world. All of this combines to provide people with an "as it happened” walk back in time to the days of early television. A vast marketing plan surrounding Peg Lynch is already underway on social media.
Contact:
Kristin Erickson
The Kristin Erickson Agency
kerickson@ericksonpublishing.com
phone: 6084440654
fax: 6084440654
2420 Evans Road, McFarland, WI 53558
Offering #:
12889
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